Investigations Blog

  • UNC-Chapel Hill hires more legal help

    Posted by Dan Kane on January 13, 2015

    UNC-Chapel Hill has hired another big-time law firm, this time for help on matters including the fake-class academic scandal and a federal investigation into claims the university mishandled and underreported sexual assault cases.

    The biggest name who’ll be helping UNC: Patrick Fitzgerald, the former U.S. attorney from Chicago. Fitzgerald is best known for winning a felony conviction against Lewis “Scooter” Libby for leaking the name of a CIA official whose husband, a former U.S. ambassador, had challenged President George W. Bush’s rationale for going to war with Iraq.

    Fitzgerald and others with the Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom law firm will charge an hourly rate of $990 per partner and a minimum of $450 per associate until the university determines it no longer needs the firm’s services, said Rick White, a UNC spokesman. He said there was no cap on how much the firm could charge and no limit on how long it would be working for UNC. A news release said three other attorneys in the firm were also expected to handle legal matters for UNC.


  • Two congressmen challenge NCAA’s handling of UNC academic fraud

    Posted by Dan Kane on December 10, 2014

    Two congressmen question the NCAA’s policy of staying out of academic fraud cases if they fully involve all students.


  • The UNC academic scandal told through one email

    Posted by Dan Kane on December 9, 2014

    This email between Debby Crowder and Wayne Walden captures the UNC scandal in a nutshell.


  • Firm charges UNC $1.65 million for PR on fraud scandal, other work

    Posted by Dan Kane on November 18, 2014

    The amount of money UNC is spending on outside public relations in the wake of the academic fraud scandal is crossing past $2 million. A one-year contract with Edelman lists general public relations services, but the firm had 14 employees handling the recent Wainstein report into the academic fraud scandal.


  • UNC spending $782K on PR firm helping with academic scandal

    Posted by Dan Kane on October 29, 2014

    UNC has paid Edelman, a major public relations firm, $782,000 for help handling the academic fraud fallout and other communications efforts. A UNC spokesman says the money comes from money that isn’t taxpayer-supported funds.


  • Another mentally ill inmate died of dehydration

    Posted by Joseph Neff on September 25, 2014

    A North Carolina prison inmate with a history of mental illness died of dehydration in March, according to an Associated Press report. All the details are not yet known, but there are a number of striking similarities to the 1996 of a Vietnam veteran who suffered from post traumatic stress. A subsequent federal audit found a host of problems plaguing medical and mental-health care at Central Prison: inadequate staffing, an out-of-date facility, poor management and overuse of drugs and restraints in the psychiatric hospital.


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